Deer Isle sticks out into Penobscot Bay on the southern coast of Maine, part of a cluster of almost-islands far enough away from the big cities to require visitors "from away" to make specific plans. The towns are small, generally containing a library, a post office, at least one art gallery, and sometimes a grocery store. The air is clear and cool, the breeze is soft. This is lobster country, pleasure boat country. The rocky hillsides rise suddenly from the water's edge and soon run into forest. We were fortunate to find a comfortable apartment in Deer Isle village, where the owner installed a DSL line which we are happily using.

Here are some typical sights from our neighborhood, and from our visit to nearby Castine, a town founded before 1700 and still going strong. We'll be adding more, as we do more sightseeing.

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Every small business has its sign Setting out for a day sail Bridge to mainland Castine, Maine, Unitarian Church A cluster of pleasure boats, Castine Castine is a popular harbor. Castine house, built 1803 Post-thunderstorm skies The water was still as glass Sunsets are dramatic Stonington is about 16 miles away The Inn dates from the Gilded Age A fresh coat of paint E. B. White summered in Brooklin for many years and enjoyed this library